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They just don’t make them like Pappy anymore


They just don’t make them like Pappy anymore
Colin Heaton
January 28, 2018
Marine Col. Gregory “Pappy” Boyington, the World War II ace and Medal of Honor recipient, was as well known for his flamboyant personality as his flying skills.

Before the United States officially entered the war, many young Americans volunteered to serve in foreign air forces. Whether flying for Britain in the Eagle Squadrons or in the American Volunteer Group supporting Chiang Kai-shek in China, better known as “The Flying Tigers,” those who served as fighter pilots were the spearhead of American intervention, and they quickly became folk heroes.

One of the most colorful and controversial members of that unique fraternity was Gregory Boyington.

His kind are nearly extinct now.


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